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Category: Motivation


Addiction Treatment Help | Motivation

Addiction Operates at a Deep Level

We’ve talked before in the online program about weak effect of our current mainstream treatments on long-term recovery. When scientists say that we have effective therapies, they don’t mean that 75% of clients will never

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Addiction and Society | Courage | Fitness, Exercise, and Recreation | Motivation

Terry Time

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run. As many of you may know, Terry Fox was a man who had one of his legs amputated after a bout with cancer who then

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Drug Prevention | Family Addiction Help | Motivation | Parenting | Resilience

A Teacher Speaks Out: The Dangers of Over-Managing Our Kids

Barb Struch is a long-time high school teacher residing in Powell River, British Columbia. Barb and I both share a concern about the way schools and families are preparing youth for adulthood, albeit from different

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Dr. Paul Wong | Meaning and Purpose | Motivation | Victor Frankl

The Human Quest for Meaning and Recovery from Addiction

Much of our clinical program is based on the theory and research of Dr. Paul Wong. Although Dr. Wong began as an experimental psychologist (training rats to be able to withstand more and more stress, etc.),

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Boredom | Exploring Addiction | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Motivation | Stress

Between Boredom and Stress: The Middle Path to Successful Recovery

Over a century ago, research by psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson demonstrated the important relationship between arousal and performance. For people in recovery, the ‘inverted U’ helps explain why being optimally motivated in recovery

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Boredom | Life at SCHC | Meaning and Purpose | Motivation

Why Unstructured Time is a Necessary Part of Addiction Treatment

There are many resources available for people with addictions and support resources for family members dealing with a loved one’s addiction. If you’ve been a reader of these types of self-help books, perhaps you’ve heard

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Meaning and Purpose | Motivation

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation: What Motivates You Matters

The Mindset of an Olympian Across the country, Canadians everywhere are experiencing heart swelling national pride, and that can mean only one thing – Olympic season is upon us. Isn’t it refreshing to watch athletes

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | happiness | Meaning and Purpose | Mindfulness | Motivation | Self Awareness

The Problem with Being Normal

We’ve all heard this term that I’m about to talk about. It is a theme in every teenage movie, magazines falsely convey it, and doctors use it too willingly and inappropriately. We all want to

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Meaning and Purpose | Motivation | Movies on Addiction | Relapse

Flying High: An Analysis of the Film “Flight” – Part 2

The second theme noticed in Flight is “continuous lying about one’s addiction”, one that is tightly intertwined with our first theme. Whip spends a lot of time tracking down crew members involved in the crash

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Addiction Research & Theories | Geoff Thompson | Motivation

Does Addiction Treatment Really Work?: The Eclectic Model

By Geoff Thompson – Ph.D.(cand.), RCC Program Director Lots of treatment providers today say that they use an “eclectic” approach to treatment. Basically, this means they mix-and-match therapies. So, they might use motivational therapy when

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Addiction Research & Theories | Addiction Treatment Help | Geoff Thompson | Motivation

Does Addiction Treatment Really Work? The Motivational Model

By Geoff Thompson, Ph.D.(cand.), RCC Program Director Some theories of addiction argue that it is a matter of motivation. The solution to addiction is to help people develop a powerful motivation to be clean and

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Alcohol Policy | Gambling | Motivation | Our Philosophy | Relapse Prevention

Avoiding ‘Triggers’ Is a Doomed Relapse Prevention Strategy

Rising costs. Falling revenues. It seems that the one thing that governments around the world have in common is an inability to balance their books. Here in Canada, legislators seem determined to raise revenues through

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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